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Tumble in the Jungle: Danger on the Grumeti River

Africa, Grumeti River, jungle, hippo, hippo pool

Grumeti River Hippo Pool 

It was just after we found a way around the rough and raging Grumeti River, that we stumbled upon this ‘tumble in the jungle’.  While we had figured a way around this raging river, this driver and his passenger were not so lucky.  In fact, not only did they end up in the water, this is actually a HIPPO POOL, as you may see way over to the right in this photo.

TIA, This is Africa!!!!!

Those little black things in the river are hippo heads.  And you may have heard by now, that hippos kill more people in Africa than any other animal.  Hippos are not carnivorous, but one bite with those teeth, and that’s all it takes.  So these waters, no matter how shallow, are not a place you’d want to be.

There is a bright side to this story, everyone emerges safely, the passenger in the vehicle is rescued and carried on the shoulders of one of the drivers, safely across  the hippo pool.  Even her luggage was rescued!  This vehicle, most likely a total washout, literally, remains deeply entrenched in the water and all efforts to try to winch it out, proved futile.

Safety First

In Africa, I’ve noticed over the many years I’ve been traveling there (this is especially true of Tanzania), that most safari drivers will do everything they can to keep you safe, even if sometimes it means risking their own life. There were eight safari vehicles that stopped to assist, including my two drivers.  There is a bond between the drivers of safari vehicles – there is no competition – when the call arises they rise to the occasion and this incident was no different.  Guests in each vehicle waited patiently until all the drivers were satisfied that the situation was well in hand and under control.  It didn’t matter, because everyone knew this could have been a life or death situation and we all know which wins out.

Any idea how we got to the other side of the river?

Watch these brief videos that I took that day of the raging Grumeti River.


Plan B: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObKMJ0dq5V8
Is there a Plan B: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lQzgG649K4

1 Comment

  1. Donna L. Ward on January 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Love your posts – and photos – beautiful

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